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#Bonnies Fall Short, Finish Third at Little Three

#Bonnies Fall Short, Finish Third at Little Three

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Junior Nick Masiello led the St. Bonaventure men's cross country team with a ninth place finish at the Little Three Invitational at Delaware Park on Friday.

St. Bonaventure finished in third place after finishing in second place at last year's invitational. The Bonnies scored 64 points, falling just shy of Niagara's 60 points. Host Canisius won their eighth-straight Little Three Invitational with 15 points, the lowest possible score a team could earn.

All top five runners were from Canisius and eight of the top ten runners were Golden Griffins. Canisius sophomore Michael Anvelt won the race with a time of 15:48.9. 

Masiello led the Bonnies with a time of 16:35.1, two seconds behind his fifth-place time from last year's Little Three Invitational. Head coach Bob Macfarlane said Masiello, like many of the other runners, did not have a bad race, but can improve as the team's schedule shifts from 5k races to 8k races.

"(Masiello) wasn't disappointed, but he wasn't happy," Macfarlane said. "And a lot of the other guys were the same way. They can do much better because their workouts are telling me that they can do much better. Eventually, those workouts will translate into better times down the road."

Sophomore Kevin Sidoran finished in 13th place with a time of 16:54.8, moving to fourth on the team's all-time 5k list. Sidoran finished second for the Bonnies for the first time in his SBU career.

"I knew that he had the ability to run well and that he was looking good in the preseason and that he was going to have a good race," Macfarlane said.

Sophomore Joe Ferencik finished in 14th place with a time of 16:57.5, moving to fifth on the team's all-time 5k list. Freshman Ben Collins made his Bonaventure debut with a 16th-place finish, running the eighth-fastest 5k time in team history of 17:06.7. Junior Harley Thompson was the fifth scorer for Bona's, finishing in 21st place with a time of 17:17.0.

Junior Steven Kibbe (17:25.6) and sophomore Caleb Lecker (17:31.7) were the last two placing SBU runners, finishing in 22nd and 23rd places. Sophomore Nick Konotopskyj (17:51.8), junior Matt Trifoso (17:54.8) and junior Nick Taylor (18:09.4) rounded out the Brown and White's top 10, finishing in 30th, 32nd and 34th places respectively. 

Junior Dan Myers (18:16.6) and senior Chris Spiker (18:17.1) finished together in 36th and 37th places. Seniors Terence Petty (18:19.3) and Peter Eller (21:30.4) ran in their first races since the 2011 season, finishing in 38th and 40th places. 

With only one freshman on the roster, coach Macfarlane said many of the men trained specifically for the 8k distance in five of the team's seven races this season, instead of the typical 5k distance in many high school races.

"We don't train for a 5k, we train for 8ks," Macfarlane said. "A 5k is a sprint race and an 8k is more of an endurance race. Our practices are geared for 8ks because we run 8ks the rest of the year (except for the NCAA Northeast Regionals). The 5k is a different race, it's a faster race and you can't make a mistake early in the race."

The Bonnies will travel to Latrobe, Pa., on Sept. 7 to race in the Seton Hill University Griffin Classic. The men's 5k race will start at 11:15 a.m.